Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has warned civil servants against engaging in activities capable of frustrating the smooth take-off of the fourth-tier government otherwise known as Community Government Council.
Governor Okorocha who stated this during a meeting with top government officials atIkembaOjukwuConvention Center, Owerri, said his administration will not hesitate to disengage any worker that either refuses deployment or incite others in whichever guise against embracing the policy.
He said “Let me state it clearly that commercialization policy and fourth-tier government must be fully implemented before the second year of this administration.
Again, any civil servant that refuses posting will be summarily dismissed from the service including those that may hide under labour unionism to frustrate the smooth take-off of this fourth-tier government in our rural communities”.
Governor Okorocha also set-up a 3-man Committee for each of the 27 LGAs that will move to the communities to inaugurate the management team of Community Government and subsequently conduct election to constitute the Governing Council in a date that will soon be announced by the state government.
He explained that 10 civil servants drawn from the local government area and state civil service will be posted on secondment to about 500 communities in the pilot phase of the programme. The governor further explained that the fourth-tier as envisioned will reflect true democracy, fast-track development, promote agriculture and enthrone participatory government at the grassroots. He reassured the commitment of his administration to transform the state and embark on policies and programmes that will revamp the economy and create jobs for the unemployed youths.
Governor Okorocha also disclosed plans to kick-start a job placement Programme for unemployed graduates which will involve posting them to some establishments to enhance their skills and payment of a monthly stipend by the state government. He, however urged the people of the state to support his administration in the march to make Imo better.